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Family questions deadly force in teen's death

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) -- Relatives and friends of a Northern California teenager who was fatally shot by a San Mateo County sheriff's deputy are disputing the deputy's claim that the shooting was justified because his life was in danger.

Family members and supporters said during a vigil outside a church in Half Moon Bay on Friday night that 18-year-old Yanira Serrano-Garcia had psychological problems and was off her medication and armed with a butter knife when her family called 911 on Tuesday night fearing she would harm herself.

Sheriff's department spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt says Deputy Minh Trieu encountered Serrano-Garcia in the street outside her home and opened fire after a brief confrontation.

The young woman's brother, Tony Serrano, tells television station KRON in San Francisco that relatives thought paramedics would respond to the emergency call, not law enforcement.

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Information from: KRON-TV.

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